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Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers odds, picks and prediction

Dec 26, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum (L) celebrates his three point shot with Damian Lillard (0) during overtime at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets (16-52) travel to meet the Portland Trail Blazers (39-29) Monday at Moda Center. Tip-off is set for 10 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Rockets vs. Trail Blazers odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.

The Rockets are on a five-game slide, and they’re just 2-3 against the spread during the span. Houston has coughed up 122 or more points in each of the past four, hitting the Over in each game.

The Trail Blazers enter on a three-game win streak, and they have won seven of the previous eight contests overall. They’re an impressive 6-2 ATS during the stretch, while hitting the Over in five of the outings.

Rockets at Trail Blazers: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 9:32 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Rockets +775 (bet $100 to win $775) | Trail Blazers -1400 (bet $1,400 to win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Rockets +15 (-110) | Trail Blazers -15 (-110)
  • Over/Under: 237.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)

Rockets at Trail Blazers: Key injuries

Rockets

  • PF Kelly Olynyk (ankle) questionable
  • PF Christian Wood (ankle) questionable
  • SG Avery Bradley (personal) out
  • SG Kevin Porter Jr. (ankle) out
  • SG Sterling Brown (head) out
  • SG Eric Gordon (groin) out
  • SG David Nwaba (wrist) out
  • PF John Wall (hamstring) out
  • PF D.J. Wilson (health and safety protocols) out

Trail Blazers

  • SF Carmelo Anthony (ankle) questionable
  • PF Zach Collins (ankle) out

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Rockets at Trail Blazers: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Trail Blazers 124, Rockets 105

Money line (ML)

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Against the spread (ATS)

The TRAIL BLAZERS -15 (-110) are worth a small-unit play even with a big number on the board.

The Rockets +15 (-110) are 5-1 ATS across the past six games on the road, but they’re 13-27 ATS across the past 40 as an underdog.

In addition, Portland is 4-1 ATS in the past five against Houston, and 6-1 ATS in the previous seven battles with the Rockets at Moda Center.

Over/Under (O/U)

UNDER 237.5 (-105) is the lean here. The Under has cashed in eight of the last 10 meetings in this series.

The Under is also 4-1 in Portland’s past five at home, and 8-2 in the past 10 as a home favorite for the Blazers.

While the Over has hit in four in a row for the Rockets, the Under is 4-0 in Houston’s past four against teams with a winning overall record.

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